The German Army is to receive a fully networked system to protect its camps, bases and other installations.
The prototype from a Rheinmetall Defence-led venture, including Thales Defence and BGT Defence, will integrate short and long-range reconnaissance sensors with state-of-the-art C4I technology and high-performance effectors, including air defence assets.
Military installations in Afghanistan and the army's forward operating bases are likely to receive the sophisticated system to protect its military assets from terrorist and insurgent attacks.
The three companies have combined their protection concepts and developed a sensor-to-shooter cycle that includes surveillance, command-and-control and attack capabilty.
The system features legacy components and new subsystems designed to operate 24 hours a day with a built-in semi-automatic alarm function capable of activating the necessary defensive measure at any time.
The consortium is expected to demonstrate the system's functionality and efficiency at a German Military base in Meppen in 2010.